Restaurants in Jakarta reopen doors with caution

  A group of customers queues in front of a coffee shop’s entrance in southern Jakarta as a waitress, wearing a face shield and face mask, checks their body temperature using a thermal gun. After they have their temperature checked, people are guided to wash their hands at a portable basin installed near the entrance before they can place orders and enjoy cups of coffee with their friends. Restaurants and coffee shops in Indonesia’s capital have been implementing health procedures ever since they started to reopen last month. For at…

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Places of worship adapt to new normal, strive for safety

On July 4 this year, as the Hindu congregation in Jakarta celebrated Saraswati Day, Dewa Wiguna visited the Aditya Jaya Temple in East Jakarta to join mass prayers. The holy day was observed in the first few days of the new normal’s implementation in Jakarta, as the government worked to restore activities while still making efforts to stem the spread of COVID-19. “Upon entering the temple, there were customary security personnel (pecalang) standing by to conduct temperature checks. Since I passed the check, I went in to the temple and…

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Public transport adapts for new normal, continues alternate seating

As the Indonesian government prepares to reopen the economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the transportation sector is gearing up to once again take up its essential role of ensuring public mobility, albeit with caution. Public transportation operators, in Jakarta for instance, are resuming operations ahead of the new normal with several measures in place, one of which is continuing to mark seats that need to be kept vacant with an X. TransJakarta, MRT, and Commuter Line — the three major public transport services in the greater area of the capital…

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Implementing health protocols in wet markets remains challenging

  With Indonesia implementing the new normal, now being referred to as “adapting to new habits”, revival of trade, which had stalled due to the coronavirus pandemic, has been made a priority. To revive the trade sector, especially traditional or wet markets, the government, through the Ministry of Trade, has issued health protocols that need to be obeyed by consumers as well as traders. “In an effort to encourage the economic sector not to get worse, it is time for the economic joints to resume. However, as President Jokowi emphasized,…

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Indonesian prominent poet Sapardi Djoko Damono passes away at 80

Jakarta Sapardi Djoko Damono, Indonesia’s prominent poet and writer, passed away at the age of 80, in  Eka Hospital located in South Tangerang, on Sunday  at 9:17 a.m. local time, after being hospitalized since July 9 . Sapardi was born in Solo on March 20, 1940. He had produced various literature works since 1950s until the recent time. He had also written poems, essay and short stories. His well-known and iconic works include “Hujan Bulan Juni” (Rain of June) published in 1994 as well as “Aku Ingin” (I Want) and…

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Floods swamp thousands of homes in Konawe, SE Sulawesi

Kendari, SE Sulawesi Floods have submerged thousands of homes in 49 villages, 16 sub-districts in Konawe District, Southeast Sulawesi Province, following incessant heavy rains over the past one week. Flood waters reaching a height of up to 120 cm, affected a total of 2,719 households comprising 8,314 people, Herianto Pagala, head of the Konawe disaster mitigation office (BPBD), said here on Saturday. “Today, 49 villages in 16 sub-districts are flooded, affecting 2,719 households comprising , 8,314 people, Flooding has also displaced 1,154 families ,” he said. They took refuge in…

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